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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Badger TB02b

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In Le facteur a des plumes / Pigeon Post - letterbox

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Please drop this item in rural OR Premium Member Only caches.  Do not place it in an urban cache or abandon it at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; the bag keeps the trackable clean and prevents tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take the travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission is needed to leave the U.S.

Travel bug photos are appreciated.  I will re-post them here, where they can be seen by other cachers.

About This Item


I have a small collection of animal fetish carvings. This is one of a series of travel bugs showing some of my favorite pieces. Fetishes are an animals or figures carved from natural materials-- stone, minerals, gems, shell, antler, wood, amber, coral, fossil ivory and probably many more. Most of mine are quite small, less than two inches in height or length. Most of my collection is from Zuni artisans (New Mexico), but I also have items from carvers in other western states, including Alaska. The original fetishes were probably some items that just resembled something, a bird maybe, and mystical powers were often ascribed to it. Using primitive tools the distinguishing features were often embellished.

Over centuries there became specialists in fetish carving and it eventually grew into an art form. Leekya Deyuse (a Zuni), made jewelry and fetishes in the 1920s and some of his fetish necklaces are now valued at more than $20,000. However, the average cost per piece in my collection is probably around $65. While many still believe in the power of fetishes, in the present time most them are for sale to tourists and collectors. If you doubt this, just go to the shops in Zuni (and elsewhere) and note the mass production using grinding wheels, belt sanders and Dremel tools. 

According to Zuni tradition, the guardian animals of the six directions are intrinsically involved in the kiva rites--the badger is the guardian of the south.   The characteristics of the fetish animals and their possible usefulness for the owner are the basis of their selection.  Aggressiveness is the trait associated with this animal.

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Tracking History (19046.5mi) View Map

Dropped Off 6/21/2018 CRISFIL17 placed it in Le facteur a des plumes / Pigeon Post - letterbox Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France - 34.8 miles  Visit Log

Nous n'avons pas l'intention de venir dans l'immédiat aux Etats Unis, ,ous promenons donc Fetish-Badger-TB02b sur notre région, la cote Atlantique, avant notre périple sur le Pays Basque.
Nous déposons Fetish-Badger TB02b dans une belle boite,, une letter Box faisant aussi office de TB Hôtel.
Là pas de risques spécifiques, c'est une superbe réalisation.

We do not intend to come immediately to the United States, so we walk Fetish-Badger-TB02b on our region, the Atlantic coast, before our trip on the Basque Country.
We deposit Fetish-Badger TB02b in a beautiful box, a letter box also serving TB Hotel.
There are no specific risks, it is a superb achievement.

  • Je suis bien à l'abri
Visited 6/13/2018 CRISFIL17 took it to GR10#65 Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France - 121.7 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/12/2018 CRISFIL17 took it to DTC - X22 - Un détour vers l'Eglise Romane Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France - 9.31 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/12/2018 CRISFIL17 took it to Eglise de Pomerol Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France - 70.18 miles  Visit Log
Discovered It 6/12/2018 Papyfilou discovered it   Visit Log

Vu à l'évent de Crisfil17

Discovered It 6/11/2018 touran17 discovered it Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France   Visit Log

vu a l'event de saujon

Visited 6/10/2018 CRISFIL17 took it to France WWFM XV - Saujon - 9 Juin 2018 Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France   Visit Log
Discovered It 6/9/2018 eureka17 discovered it   Visit Log

Vus ou revus lors de l'event "France WWFM XV - Saujon - 9 juin 2018" en Charente-Maritime
Bonne route

Discovered It 6/9/2018 MicmacdemotsandCo discovered it   Visit Log

découvert lors du WWFM XV dans la bonne humeur

Discovered It 6/9/2018 Chipiron16 discovered it   Visit Log

TB vus à l'Event France WWFM XV - Saujon - 9 Juin 2018 organisé par Crisfil17
Bonne route à tous

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